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What Do You Do With Pocket Eights on This Flop?

What Do You Do With Pocket Eights on This Flop?
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  • You're out of position in a reraised pot with pocket eights. What to do on the flop? Ask @LearnWPT.

  • What do you do on the flop with pocket eights in a reraised pot? @LearnWPT evaluates the situation.

DECISION POINT: Preflop in a $1/$2 no-limit hold'em cash game, it folds around to the hijack who raises. It folds to you in the small blind where you've been dealt {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} and you reraise, and the hijack calls. The flop comes {Q-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{A-Hearts}. Action is on you...

PRO ANSWER: In this live $1/$2 cash game, the player in the hijack seat raises to the table standard of $12 or 6 big blinds. This opponent had $112 (56 BBs) to begin the hand. Given the raise comes from the hijack seat, we can put this player on a relatively wide hand range, including many high card hands, all pairs, and some suited connector-type hands.

If we call preflop and play our {8-Hearts}{8-Clubs} for set value alone, we will not win enough chips postflop on average to make up for our preflop investment. If we call and play our pocket eights as a one-pair hand, we will often be faced with difficult postflop decisions on future streets. Playing a medium pair out of position postflop will generally cause us to win a small pot or lose a big pot. Reraising preflop is the best play.

Once on the flop, there is only one pot-sized bet left in the effective stack since our opponent has $76 behind and there is $74 in the pot. Moving all in is the best play, since we can sometimes get our opponent to fold better hands than ours such as {9-}{9-} or {10-}{10-} with no heart. In order for us to have very little equity, our opponent would need to have both a bigger pair and a bigger heart. More often, our opponent has neither or only one.

Putting our opponent all in on the this flop is the best play.

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